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Queen Cox apple


Queen Cox is a self-fertile sport (or possibly self-fertile seedling) of Cox's Orange Pippin.  It has a slightly improved coloration, and the flavour is just as good as the original.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that it is a bit more reliable than Cox's Orange Pippin - though this is still a very challenging variety to grow.

There appear to be two forms of Cox going under the name Queen Cox, although they may be related.  The first form, which is referenced at the UK National Fruit Collection, comes from a natural bud-sport of Cox's Orange Pippin which was found in an orchard in Berkshire, England, in the 1950s.  This form is not self-fertile.

The second form was developed at the Long Ashton research station near Bristol, England, in the 1970s and sometimes known as Cox SF18 - presumably the 18th seedling in the development programme  The focus of this development was to raise an improved self-fertile Cox - and this form is indeed self-fertile.  It is possible that the Long Ashton development used scion material derived from the Berkshire form.



Queen Cox identification photos from official fruit collections

UK National Fruit Collection

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Queen Cox identification photos from website visitors

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  • Newly-planted feathered Queen CoxNewly-planted feathered Queen Cox

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  • Queen Cox blossomQueen Cox blossom

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Visitor reviews

  • 18 Sep 2018  David,  WA, United States
    Will have to seek this in a congenial climate, because so many rave about it (COP and this bud sport). The tree dies in the extreme heat and arid situation here. I refrained from rating its flavor, because those tried here were dreadful, but this is far from England!
  • 31 Mar 2016  Dave Miller,  WA, United States
  • 22 Oct 2013  Josh Cockett,  KENT, United Kingdom
    There's not much I like more than a Queens Cox in my mouth!

Tree register

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Spring blossom records for this variety

2014 season

  • 12th May  2014  - tree owned by Mark in Leyburn, United Kingdom
  • April  2014  - tree owned by Jim in Trinidad, United States

2013 season

  • 24th May  2013  - tree owned by Jeff in Leicester, United Kingdom
  • 24th May  2013  - tree owned by Jean in Martock, United Kingdom

2012 season

  • 20th May  2012  - tree owned by Jeff in Leicester, United Kingdom
  • May  2012  - tree owned by Graham in Coldstream, United Kingdom
  • 23rd April  2012  - tree owned by Keat in Bristol, United Kingdom

2011 season

  • 22nd May  2011  - tree owned by Dave in Spokane, United States
  • 24th April  2011  - tree owned by Jeff in Leicester, United Kingdom
  • 17th April  2011  - tree owned by Jon in Keelby, United Kingdom

2010 season

  • 16th May  2010  - tree owned by Jon in Keelby, United Kingdom
  • 13th May  2010  - tree owned by Dave in Spokane, United States

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Harvest records for this variety

2016 season

  • 2nd week October  2016  - tree owned by Dan in Ilkley, United Kingdom

2015 season

  • 3rd week September  2015  - tree owned by Jim in Trinidad, United States

2014 season

  • 4th week August  2014  - tree owned by Jim in Trinidad, United States

2012 season

  • 2nd week October  2012  - tree owned by Jean in Martock, United Kingdom
  • October  2012  - tree owned by Graham in Coldstream, United Kingdom
  • 4th week September  2012  - tree owned by Jim in Trinidad, United States

2010 season

  • 3rd week September  2010  - tree owned by Dave in Spokane, United States

Origins

  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: A sport of Cox's Orange Pippin
  • Originates from: Bristol, England, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 1975
  • Developed by: Long Ashton Research Station
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1541
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1976-148

Identification

  • Fruit colour: Red / Orange flush
  • Bultitude apple group: 7. Flushed / striped, some russeting, sweet

Using

  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Uses: Juice
  • Uses: Hard cider
  • Flavour quality: Exceptional
  • Flavour style: Aromatic
  • Harvest period: Mid-Late season
  • Use / keeping: 1-2 months

Growing

  • Cropping: Good
  • Flowering period: Mid season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Fertility: Self-fertile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Pollinating others: Poor
  • Vigour: Average growth
  • Gardening skill: Some skill needed
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
  • General disease resistance: Poor

Also known as

  • Cox Queen

This variety is a sport (natural genetic mutation) of:

Diseases

  • Canker  - Some susceptibility
  • Scab  - Some susceptibility
  • Mildew  - Some susceptibility
  • Cedar apple rust  - Some susceptibility


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